The new Honda Activa 125 won't replace the Activa 110; at least not yet. But, with the trend of motorcycle owners moving to scooters and car owners choosing to buy scooters for daily short run-abouts catching on, the 125cc automatic scooter segment is bound to grow. And Honda doesn't want to miss out on the party. Plus, there's the question of retaining Activa 110 buyers in the Honda fold once they grow tired of the 110.
Honda's answer to all this is the new Activa 125. Like the 110, the 125 follows a more conventional design. But, it has a bit more flair. The chrome on the front apron and the new one piece tail lamp with integrated turn indicators give the Activa 125 a premium feel. It also looks taller and bigger than the [url removed, login to view] you get astride, it feels familiar to the Activa, but better, nonetheless. The seating ergonomics are upright and the Activa 125 feels roomy, like a larger scooter should. It also has a large, comfortable seat making it a nice place to be in even over extended rides you don't generally associate with scooters. The rider's view is good too. There's a part-digital-part-analogue instrumentation with digital display for odo, trip and fuel and an analogue readout for the speed. The instrumentation gives the Activa 125 a more upmarket and modern feel. The grips, the levers and the switchgear, however, are similar to the Activa, and work equally well. The Activa 125 has a large enough floorboard and a 18-litre underseat stowage which many - including small time traders - will find handy.